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A party of some forty naturalists, were provided the "luxury" of travelling from Garforth to Parlington on the Aberford Railway, assuming that you could seat eight people per compartment on the train, this would allow all the group to travel on the train, with just two passengers standing along with the eight seated in each compartment! The lake mentioned is the one described here on the web site as the "Former Lake" and this link takes you to that section

Meeting of Naturalists at Parlington & Aberford

The Leeds Mercury, Saturday, June 2, 1888
Local and General Observations:- Meetings of Naturalists
Leeds Naturalists' Club and Scientific Association

The members of the club made a very satisfactory excursion to Parlington and Aberford on Saturday last, the rapid transition from smoky metropolis of the West Riding to sylvan scenery and the perfect atmospheric conditions which prevailed, adding considerably to the enjoyment of all present. The party mustered over forty, and included several ladies. Through the kindness of Colonel Gascoigne, the local railway from Garforth to Aberford, was placed at the service of the club, and the concession much facilitated the movements of the party both in going and returning.

Under the guidance of Mr. W. D. Hollis, a visit was first made to the lake in Parlington Park, where the party divided into sections, botany, pond life, ornithology, entomology, and conchology being well represented. Various routes were taken by the respective groups through the woods and park until Aberford was reached. The fresh foliage was seen to great advantage under the bright sunshine, and was thrown into splendid contrast by the richly coloured ochrous Permian soil of the district. The geologists of the party were able to view some good sections of the magnesian limestone, and in the first quarry visited a fine specimen of the brown owl was disturbed. The entomologists reported the capture of the scarce Boarmia cropuscularia [Twig Looper], and the most interesting botanical find was the very local Baneberry, Act¾a spicata, being given from a fancied resemblance to the elder. The season was too backward to permit much success to the conchologists, who, after much searching, were rewarded by finding only a few specimens of Planorbis albus, Arion ater, Limax maximus, Vitrina pellucida, zonites crystallinus, and Z nitidulus. After tea a pleasant hour was spent in viewing the extensive apiary belonging to a member of the club, Mr. W. Dixon, who, by means of an observatory, hive, and numerous other appliances, thoroughly explained the modern system of bee-keeping. The grounds of Mr. Brown, of Bridge House, were kindly opened to the members, where a large drooping ash, the branches of which are trained over iron supports to a distance of about twenty-eight yards from the stem, and form fine avenues, attracted much attention, and a visit to the adjacent maze concluded a very enjoyable excursion.

Comments on the occasion

The wealth of fauna and creatures uncovered by the party shows that throughout its life the area from Garforth to Aberford has always been a charming spot, although I suspect that the coal pits from Parlington Hollins back towards Garforth would have given a different impression. But it is noted in many places how the train passed through the "sylvan glades", that is after the location of Lilly Pit cottage, nowadays some 100 metres east from where the M1 crosses over the old "Flyline".

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